Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Nobody captured the joy and angst of childhood like Charles Schultz. Snoopy and the Peanuts gang from his comic strip are immortalized on this wonderful commemorative sheet issued by China. One of our February specials, it's available from County Stamp Center for only $6.57. Click the post title to order.
Peanuts made its first appearance on October 2, 1950, becoming one of the most famous comic strips of all time. It ran for nearly 50 years, appearing in 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries. Pulling a few characters from an earlier strip Li'l Folks, Schultz loosely crafted the Peanuts gang after events in his own life.
Schultz learned the basics of his craft from a correspondence art school for which he later taught after World War II. Charlie Brown was named after a fellow teacher. The little red-haired girl was patterned after co-worker who refused his marriage proposal, forever after representing his unrequited love. Schultz loved ice hockey and figure skating which figured prominently into the antics of the Peanuts gang. For many years he owned an ice arena and his daughter Amy served as the skating model for the 1980 TV special She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown. Schultz died in 2000 at the age of 77 but his strip lives on in syndication.
Visit the County Stamp Center website for all your philatelic needs. While you're browsing, don't forget to enter our monthly drawing. This month you could win a great 32-page Lindner stock book valued at $24. It's easy to enter, just visit our contest page and enter your name and e-mail address. Hurry! The contest ends at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on Wednesday, February 28, 2007.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
According to ancient Chinese legend, the nian, a man-eating beast, would descend from the mountains, silently creeping into houses to feast on humans. As it was sensitive to loud noise and the color red, villagers painted their window panes red and set off fireworks to scare the beast away. These customs led to the first New Year celebrations. Guo nian, “to celebrate the new year” in Chinese, literally means “the Passing of the nian beast.”
Chinese scrub down their homes in the days before the New Year begins, but put away their brooms and dust pans on New Year’s Eve so that luck cannot be swept away. Traditionalists put a new coat of red paint on window panes, and parents give red-wrapped packets of money to their children as a promise of prosperity. Strings of firecrackers encased in red paper are set off to scare away evil spirits.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
In the early 1930s the continental waterfowl population was declining. In one of the most successful conservation programs ever devised, conservationists, artists, hunters and the federal government joined together to protect migratory waterfowl, giving birth to the Federal Duck Stamp program. Revenues from the sale of Duck Stamps have been used to purchase millions of acres of natural habitat for America's waterfowl through the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The first Federal Duck Stamp was designed by Pulitzer-Prize-winning political cartoonist Jay Norwood Darling, a stanch conservationist. Chief of the US Biological Survey from 1934-35, Darling served on the committee that examined the waterfowl crisis and was a leading advocate of the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act. The first Federal Duck Stamp was issued in 1934 and featured Darling's etching Mallards Dropping In. Since 1934, all waterfowl hunters have been required to purchase a Federal Duck Stamp and affix it to their state hunting license.
Each year, hundreds of artists from all over the country enter the contest to design the Duck Stamp. Over the years stamp issues have featured the work of America's most renowned wildlife artists. The 1935 stamp was created by artist Frank Benson. County Stamp Center offers a number of Federal Duck Stamps. For details and to order, visit our website and select US Duck Stamps from the drop-down category box. For a limited time, County Stamp Center is offering 15% off all US Duck Stamps. Enter coupon code DUCKS2006 at check out to receive the 15% discount on your US Duck stamp purchase.
Monday, February 05, 2007
With the frigid winds of the arctic nipping at most of the country, it seems most appropriate to highlight stamps featuring the coldest place on Earth -- Antarctica. This month's special offer at County Stamp Center is a delightful series of 16 stamps highlighting sea life in the Antarctic. Issued by the British Antarctic Territory, the Antarctic Marine Food Chain series includes the Latin name of each creature with a wonderfully detailed color illustration. The 2008 Scott Catalogue value of the 16-stamp series is $24.00 but you can get it at County Stamp Center for only $17.90 with free shipping. Click the link to order.
Friday, February 02, 2007